Cutting SNAP benefits could hurt Hoosiers

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by [email protected] No Comments

Advocates are hoping to convince lawmakers that there’s a real need for food-assistance programs in this country. President Trump’s budget proposal would shift a huge chunk of the cost of the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) to the states, and for the first time states would be allowed to make benefit cuts. Advocates say that will hurt Hoosiers already struggling to keep food on the table, and are calling on Indiana lawmakers to reject any proposal that leaves Hoosiers without enough to eat. Jessica Fraser is director of the Indiana Institute for Working Families. She says policy makers need to keep in mind that these are real people – children and older folks who are going hungry. The president’s budget would force states to cover 10 percent of SNAP benefits beginning in 2020. It would go up to 25 percent in 2023.

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